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As this book has grown from lectures given, at Harvard College, to classes who were systematically reading the works under discussion, it has been impossible to avoid the assumption that a text of Shakspere is always close at hand.
Whoever is familiar with the subject must instantly perceive my constant obligation to the writings of Mr. Dowden and Mr. Furnivall. Just as helpful, though not obvious to the public, have been the manuscript notes on Shakspere kindly lent me by Messrs. Charles Lowell Young and Henry Copley Greene, of Harvard University; and by Miss M. T. Bennett, of Radcliffe College. The proof-sheets of an admirable essay on John Lyly by my colleague, Mr. George Pierce Baker, unhappily failed to reach me until after this book was printed.
New Castle, N. H.,
23 August, 1894